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Old 03-28-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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IIRC, dear Curmudgeon, were you not the one who "started it" with your "oh no it's back" comment?

Let's get a handle.
By all means, please do. I inferred nothing about anyone else. I simply lamented the fact that the subject resurfaced.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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After we first met, and I found out she only had one eye, I tried driving a short ways with one eye, and could not do it easily, at all. I suppose if I had to live my life with only one eye, I could learn to do things in spite of a handicap such as that. Still, an amazing feat if you ask me. She finally decided on her own to give up driving because a young man rear-ended her vehicle, and pushed her up onto some railroad tracks. It was too much for her to think that it could have been worse. The lucky thing about that day was that my wife and I were on the same road, going the opposite direction she was, and was passing by at the moment the accident occurred. I'm so glad we were, because her, and her friend had to be taken to the hospital, so she asked us to take her groceries to her house and put them away. I wanted to tell her story because she was very near and dear to us, and an inspiration to all who knew her. We so miss you Lydia.
I know a couple people with vision in only one eye - your brain adapts and it isn't a problem. One told me a story about a baseball player with vision in one eye - can't remember now who it was - someone famous. She passes her vision tests whenever she renews her drivers license.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:02 PM
 
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Driver Rehabilitation: A Growing Niche
Professional Assessment | SeniorDriving.AAA.com

There are many objective tests and evaluators, I taught the AAA Senior Driver Education Program for several years.

Veterans can be tested by an occupational therapist at the VA, for free. Just request an assessment.

One test that is interesting to watch is a large, about eight feet in diameter, and there are lights on the board, and you press a button when you see the light. This tests scanning, visual acuity, peripheral vision, and reaction time. I personally took this test with vision simulators, for various vision conditions, you get a percentage score. I pretty much flunked. But there is a learning curve, so you get to take the test a few times, and the score is averaged.

Lots of choices. And if you are a safe driver with no disabilities that interfere with driving, you should continue to drive. There is no age to stop driving. But I think we can all agree, when you have a disability, that may cause you to harm yourself or others when driving, it is time to stop...I hope that we can come to a consensus on this.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:21 PM
 
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A majority of Americans now live in suburban areas across the country. As they age in suburbia (as we age) there is little or no public transportation. Many people do not have relatives at all, or none nearby for necessary driving. I am amazed at how little thought people have given to this. Driving is survival for these people, whether ill-advised or not.
I am struck by the number of accidents that are crazy- people driving through the front lobby of a building, driving into a store- with complaints that they used the wrong pedal or something. These accidents do seem to always be extremely old drivers, like 80s-90s and up.
I worry what will happen as people age in suburbia.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If you young folks don't want to be on the same road with us old timers, take your own advice and get rid of your car. You will save a life.
To whom are you addressing this? Most of us posting here are old-timers, in our 60's and 70's.
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Still pondering all your comments. Thanks for participating in this difficult discussion.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: The South
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To whom are you addressing this? Most of us posting here are old-timers, in our 60's and 70's.
Anyone who is less than 76.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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You may as well stick the needle in my arm if I have to give up my car keys. I love to drive. It represents freedom to me.

By the way, as long as they tax us for driving, there will be no mandatory law to sweep a big bunch of older people off the roads.
Like it or not there comes a time when some people flat out shouldn't be driving. I'm certainly not saying all people over a certain age should hang up the keys because that's not the case. However, in cases like NEG's, she's right on with being concerned for the safety of all involved.

Yep, there's also drunk drivers who shouldn't be on the road. People who talk on the phone or text should be treated no differently than a drunk driver. And its by no means primarily teens who do that. I see more adults who are guilty of doing so than young kids. The thinking by adults is they have the experience to do so while kids don't. Of course, that's hogwash.

Determining who and who shouldn't be driving is a tough thing to do, but it should start with family and expand outward from there. No one has an absolute right to drive forever.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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What Jasper said.

When you take out someone else - and not yourself - it could be classified as vehicular manslaughter.

If it's ALL ABOUT YOU.... well then - I hope you can sleep at night. I couldn't - and reported my inlaws. They STILL don't know we reported them. We saved their lives and very likely others' lives.

The laws have not kept up with the times.... and yes, in 20 years I will relinquish my driver's license and car....and will find other means and modes of transportation.

I value my life and the life of others. I feel for you, newenglandgirl - but you know I've been there - and honestly? If I were you I'd give a rat's pitoutie about having a relationship with my sister and my BIL if I knew his father was a danger to himself and the driving community.

It's just not worth the loss of life. Call the police.
Here's the thing. She doesn't know.
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:26 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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A majority of Americans now live in suburban areas across the country. As they age in suburbia (as we age) there is little or no public transportation. Many people do not have relatives at all, or none nearby for necessary driving. I am amazed at how little thought people have given to this. Driving is survival for these people, whether ill-advised or not.
While I am a HUGE believer in public transportation - there will be entrepreneurs out there - and social service agencies that will come to bat to help solve this. Social service agencies are already doing alot of transport (senior centers).
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